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Comment: Re:Chattanooga (Score 1) 239

by tomhath (#47725383) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
They're not necessarily against municipal broadband. The headline and summary are very misleading; what he actually said is:

the basic concept is this: city governments are appendages of state government, but state governments most definitely are not appendages of the national government.

Comment: Apparently he read the Constitution (Score 1) 239

by tomhath (#47725339) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

In a speech in front of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Berry endorsed states' rights

Inflammatory headline aside, that's pretty much the way Republicans think the country should be run. Let States govern themselves, Fed should stay out unless the issue crosses state lines.

Comment: pasteurize milk (Score 2) 74

by tomhath (#47719227) Attached to: Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis
One of the main reasons we pasteurize cow's milk is to eliminate tuberculosis

. It shouldn't be a surprise that other animals could be a vector.

The pasteurization of milk didn't come into practice until the late 1800s. Back then, tuberculosis was commonly carried by milk. A low-temperature, long-time (LTLT) process, also known as batch pasteurization, was first developed to kill the tuberculosis pathogen. The incidence of tuberculosis contracted from milk fell dramatically, and in fact it no longer makes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of foodborne illnesses

+ - FarmBot: An Open Source Automated Farming Machine Aims to Create Food For All->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Farming has been stuck in a bit of a rut, when compared to other industries. Businesses across the globe have been innovating for decades, while farming has been using techniques that have been handed down from centuries ago. The FarmBot Foundation is creating a machine, similar to that of a CNC mill and/or 3d printer which is capable of being run by sophisticated software and equipped with any tools you can imagine, including seed injectors, plows, burners, robotic arms (for harvesting), cutters, shredders, tillers, discers, watering nozzles, sensors and more. The goal? To bring food to the world's hungry."
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Comment: A lot of assumptions... (Score 2) 98

As I read the article, the researchers couldn't determine the sex of the contributors to the Kickstarter projects. But they did notice that tech projects started by women had more success getting funding. Their laboratory experiment indicated some women are more likely to support other women. So they conclude that the Kickstarter projects have the same causation.

I kind of wonder about that conclusion though. The type of person who would fund a Kickstarter project comes from a much different population than the (I assume) students they used in their lab. That said, it is a reasonable hypothesis. Obama certainly gets virtually all of the black vote, Hillary gets a lot of her support from women.

+ - Chinese National Indicted Over Boeing Hacks->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Su Bin, a Chinese citizen arrested in Canada, has been indicted over a series of hacks of Boeing's network in which documents pertaining the C-17 military aircraft and F-22 and F-35 fighter planes were stolen. Su allegedly communicated with hackers in China to direct the attacks using free Gmail accounts, excerpts from which were included in FBI affidavits on the case."
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Comment: Re:It Shows Up in the Weirdest Ways (Score 1) 371

by tomhath (#47688963) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

They coordinate, interface with other groups and try to solve all issues that prevents the people they work for (the engineers) from doing their jobs

That's probably what the company owner wanted GP to be doing. It would be more valuable to the company than him working as an individual contributor.

Comment: Re:us other engineers matter, too (Score 1) 371

by tomhath (#47688949) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers
Valuing people by their number of direct or indirect reports makes a lot of sense. If I am one of a group of ten people and I'm 20% more productive than the others, my extra contribution only adds about 2% to the total. If I am a good manager my staff might be 5% more productive than an average manager's. Think about it.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.